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Your tooth enamel has microscopic textures and pores. When you consume dark foods and beverages or use tobacco products, minor surface stains can become trapped in these areas. If they are not removed in a reasonable amount of time, the dental stains can start to saturate deep into your teeth giving your smile a dark, yellow, or gray appearance.

Teeth in this condition can rarely be improved by the whitening products sold in stores. In a situation like this, you might want to schedule a dental bleaching treatment at David A. Browne, DDS, PC’s dental office. It will fully restore your naturally white tooth enamel without threatening the health of your teeth or gums.

Afterward, you might want to try cutting back on certain foods, abstaining from tobacco use, and drinking dark beverages through a straw. This will help reduce your chances of having dental stains recur.

Occasionally brushing your teeth with whitening toothpaste, or applying whitening strips might also prove beneficial. The mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide in these products can help remove minor surface stains before they have the chance to saturate your tooth enamel in the future.

Just make sure that the brand of whitening toothpaste or whitening strips has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval for safety and effectiveness.

If you live in the McHenry, Illinois, area and you need help restoring your smile’s appearance you should call 815-344-6811 to set up a consultation at David A. Browne, DDS, PC.